The IDC white paper also explored the surprising level of end-user software installations made on corporate computers, exposing another method for the introduction of unsecure software into the workplace ecosystem. Although 38 percent of IT managers acknowledge that it happens, 57 percent of workers admit they install personal software onto employer-owned computers. What is alarming is that respondents told IDC that only 30 percent of the software they installed on their work computers was problem-free. Sixty-five percent of IT managers agree that user-installed software increases an organization's security risks. For many in the enterprise, user-installed software may be a blind spot in ensuring a secure network.
Customers are encouraged to visit http://www.microsoft.com/security to learn about malware and ensure their machines are not infected; if malware is present, the site offers tools to remove the infection. Customers shopping for new computers are encouraged to buy from a reputable source to ensure they are receiving genuine Microsoft software.
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